They play once every four years, but when the Giants and Jets clash there always seems to be extra juice surrounding the matchup of MetLife Stadium tenants. Big Blue’s defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul refuses to get wrapped up in the battle for local bragging rights and insists that there’s no bad blood between the New York Metro area football teams.
“It’s not a rivalry guys,” deadpanned Pierre-Paul. “We share a stadium.“
Several Giants including linebacker Mark Herzlich admitted that since Jets and Giants players live in such close proximity and meet throughout the local community; the relationship is more cordial than anything.
Pierre-Paul failed to offer any more insight on bonding with Jets players off the field.
“I stay home so I wouldn’t know,” said Pierre-Paul. “I stay home. I live five minutes away from the stadium."
The star pass-rusher has yet to record a sack this season, but has been making steady progress as he adjusts to playing with a club on his right hand. In fact, Pierre-Paul is reverting back to using his right hand as a plant hand, which he is more comfortable using to get off the line of scrimmage.
“Everything is new to me,” said Pierre-Paul of tweaking his technique to account for his injured hand.
“I think I’m in pretty good shape and I’m doing things that are shocking my teammates, so you’ll see Sunday.”
Asked to reflect on the last time the two teams met, Pierre-Paul could barely recall what many fans think was the turning point for both franchises.
"I don’t even remember, to tell you the truth," noted Pierre-Paul.